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    Detecting mostly beach and park
    Fishing Carp and Seabass
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    Nox 800, CTX, CZ-6, SDC, MXT All Pro
    Way too much fishing tackle.

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  1. scoopjohnb

    Nox 800 First Backyard Target

    A nice solid TID 5, probably from the “large” part. Now and again I hit left overs from beach fires BBQ’s, they hit 2-5 range. But just that slightly longer drawn out signal in pinpoint and they tend to jump a number. Being the natural sluice that it is. When your hitting foil or those small bbq leftovers. You’re just that tad too high up the slope. You just let the beach tell you where the targets are and then grid the area.
  2. Ah the dreaded 2€ coin and it’s nemesis the pulltab. You can tell someone has walked the beach with a single frequency VLF when you’re finding 2€’s with the CTX. They disc out pulltabs :-) Same with a BBS unit, a little too much pulltab disc and gone is the 2€ money maker. When I’m hunting 2€ coins I just break out my CZ-6 with 8” coil. It hates steel crown caps and has a very exacting pulltab break off point. Tried hunting parks with a Deus,... well that was a big mistake. Steel crown caps drop wright in where our former Belgian coins hit. And tracking was a bit,... euhm,... well it actually wasn’t :-) Hunting parks for 2€ coins you need to use your sens like a disc,... too much and it will light up all the aluminium. No need for that :-)
  3. scoopjohnb

    Nox 800 First Backyard Target

    Another first for the Nox 800. A baby's gold bracelet from the wet beach. Still on Beach-1 mode. Can't read the hallmarks, but the engraved date 01/08/96 is a clue to the gold content and purity :-) 22 years on the wet beach in the older coins strata. 1,8 gram and the nox had me chasing a few smaller targets that fell through the scoop. I'm really starting to like this machine an awfull lot!
  4. scoopjohnb

    Counter Weight

    Used the same system on my 705 for a while. The tube sliding in and out means you can really fine tune your setup. Since them I’ve gone the bicycle drink bottle strapped under the armcup system. All a matter of preference, us beach hunters with the Excals have been debating the behind elbow versus under the elbow mount for ages :-) A rule of thumb for however you set it up, actually a rule of fingers. I grab the handle with my index finger and middle finger, close my thumb around the handle. And the armcup should naturally come to rest against your arm. Slightly nose heavy. For me getting the ergonomics wright is the first thing I do.
  5. scoopjohnb

    Equinox Ground Balance

    We are at best simple users which enjoy the genius and knowhow off those that design and build and help finetune. Often fall pray to overthinking stuff when out of the box it just plain performs! Great read Mr H
  6. scoopjohnb

    Equinox Ground Balance

    It has a very forgiving ground balance point and at the same time a very correct ID. Compared to the single frequency VLFs that we are use to that is sort of a contradiction. The CTX when ground balanced is spot on, deep. And slightly annoying when trying to do undulating terrain. It really likes everything just wright. The Nox 800 with a ground grab feels like you are hitting it in the ball-park. And what those little Minelab electronic fairies are doing on the inside is super fast tuning it to the actual conditions. Funny thing is they don’t mistake faint signals for ground. Truly amazing! Have had a few targets not ID-ing, but... it hit them with the wright tone. Something to think about.
  7. It’s just a feeling but Beach 1 feels an awfull lot like my CZ-6. I’m pulling the same kind of targets. Hitting the mid conductor range at the beach with a vengeance. And Hey,... it’s an awfull lot of fun to drive as well :-) Can’t wait for my next hunt,... but alas weather and car troubles are keeping me from my hunting.
  8. scoopjohnb

    Our Goal Is To Fulfill All Backorders By End Of March

    He probably just had a bad day. Everyone gets them. Even I now and again have them, usually Monday till Friday during opening hours :-)
  9. scoopjohnb

    A Couple Of Nox Mods

    Equinox is designed for patient people :-)
  10. scoopjohnb

    A Couple Of Nox Mods

    I beg to differ. They supply the machine with 3 coils, 3 coil weights. So they would need to balance it using 3 weights at the back of the machine. From a manufacturing standpoint pretty easy. But a lot easier to just drill 2 holes each side on the bottom lips off the rest. And attach a cheap bicycle drink bottle under the armrest. Mine contains a spare set of earbuds, some rags to prevent everything from cluttering around and I add weight at the very back in the form of fishing sinkers. You can really trim the machine so that its slightly nose heavy and it swings like a dream. Add a bungee at the bottom of the handgrip which attaches to your harness and it is near weightless. What I don’t understand is the camou treatment people give their detectors. But I’m sure there is a valid reason why they want it to blend in.
  11. I came home from a first beach hunt with a few coins, small bits and pieces, gold and a big smile on my face. My other half knows me far better than I do myself and stated very firmly: ”Don’t You go messing around with that Beeper,... it brings home the goodies!!” I just hate it when She is Absolutely Positively 1000% wright on the money,... makes me feel like a hammer in the toolchest. Use when needed :-)
  12. scoopjohnb

    Feel The Power Of Your 800

    Only have a few hours of Nox under my belt. But who ever designed the audio should get be very pleased with themselves. This machine is a real pleasure to listen to, no audio fatigue what so ever. The tones have a nice full body to them. Especially that Iron tone is spot on. Its there easy recognisable even the deep small stuff. But it doesn't become annoying.
  13. scoopjohnb

    Nox 800 First Backyard Target

    Well, weather was nice-isch. A few rays of sun, not a gust of wind and with my chores all done. OFF TO THE BEACH. Beach 1, Adjusted threshold pitch to suit my ears and dropped it just below audible, GB-ed often and kept it fixed, Sens 22-23, All Metal, Noise Canceled. I always hunt All-Metal at the beach, dig it all except iron and I even dig iffy iron. Usually the larger stuff but often the stainless kind. Hit the towel line, with the tide coming in. So the sand had about 6 hours to drain out, moist but not waterlogged. This Puppy Hunts! Gold ring 2.0 gr with a gem, partially worn through, will need to get it tested, hallmark is unreadable. This Puppy Hunts or do I need to fill in my lottery ticket today?? Just Lucky I guess. Tried engaging Gold mode at the beach?? Oh My God it turned this machine into Starship Enterpise doing Warp 9. Need to read the manual again :-) Don’t hunt by numbers people, this is a Deus Killer that hunts by ear. It just loves those iron core, copper filament coins.
  14. scoopjohnb

    Nox 800 First Backyard Target

    What kind of animal is that on the far right :-)
  15. scoopjohnb

    Nox 800 First Backyard Target

    The trailcam at a local lake yesterday. I'm probably going to try the beach if this weather persists.